Ag News

A reminder for dairy producers the deadline to sign-up for the Margin Protection Program is November 28th.  There are several on-line worksheets available to help producers determine what level of coverage would be best for their operation should they decide to participate.  The National Milk Producers Federation has a worksheet available on their website as does the University of Missouri. Sue Hunter with the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency says even if you have not made that determination yet, you should get your 2011-through-2013 milk production numbers together and make an appointment with your FSA office.  “If you miss this...
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University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency are conduction informational meetings around the state to help farmers learn about the new farm bill programs.  Producers can learn about the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy farmers and the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs which replace the old ACRE and DCP programs.  Sue Hunter with the Wisconsin FSA says “producers are encouraged to attend at least one of these meetings. The schedule of meetings can be found here and is being updated as more meetings are added.   The post...
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Millions of bushels of Illinois corn are already in temporary or emergency storage and there’s a lot of harvest to be done.  Illinois Corn Growers Executive Director Rod Weinzierl (WINE-zurl) says these are the piles of corn that dot the landscape in the fall. “We have such an abundance that we have a very high request of temporary and emergency storage [applications] that elevators throughout the state are filing, and will continue to fill our regular storage as well as this temporary and emergency storage as we move towards the end of harvest,” Weinzierl told Brownfield Ag News Friday. The...
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  Sterling Rice Group, a Colorado-based consulting company for the food industry has released their Top 10 Trends “that will inspire the food industry in 2015”.  SRG says the list depicts a deeper exploration of global cuisines but also reinforces local connections and promotes sustainability. Number-one on the list is Regional Grains; local farmers growing alternative grain varieties to supply local bakers, chefs, brewers and consumers. The list includes a number of Asian cuisine preferences especially Thai, Japanese and Filipino foods. SRG says food trends are moving from niche to mainstream more rapidly thanks to multiculturalism, more travel and...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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